Butcher's Broom - Ruscus Aculeatus

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This Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Butcher's broom - Ruscus aculeatus in the Liliaceae or Lily family

Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Soapy taste.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-3 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Anti-inflammatory, (b) Vasoconstrictor, (c) Antihemorrhagic.

Since butcher's broom acts upon the venous system, it is beneficial for varicosities, especially hemorrhoids. It reduces the swelling of hemorrhoidal varices and has a tonic effect on the rectal blood vessels.

The constituents, ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, vasoconstrictive activities and preventative and regressive effects in diabetic retinopathy.

Contraindications: Due to limited data, information is not available.

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